Set in Nevada in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
The Cartwrights find themselves involved in a fight over water rights, when the son of one of their neighbors is influenced by the father of his fiancee. Lem Keith wants to destroy the Ponderosa and will stop at nothing including infecting Ponderosa cattle with his own diseased cattle. This leads the Cartwrights to take measures that they never thought they would use.
Steve Woolf -
September 8, 2016 Subject:
Where's the original theme?
If this is eligible for the public domain, what the heck happened to that great original theme song? What a joke!
September 19, 2012 Subject:
A highly-strung, ambitious young man is unwittingly manipulated by his future father-in-law in to turning against the Cartwrights. The ultimate purpose being so that good farmland can be sold-up and effectively ruined for the sake of a speculative mining operation.
Things get increasingly out of hand as the Cartwrights are attacked variously with fists, guns and also a dose of Texas Tick Fever is deliberately introduced into their cattle.
As expected though, the Cartwright clan manage to work together and act quickly to avert disaster, whilst also helping the antagonistic young man back onto the righteous path in life. As always, complete forgiveness being one of the Cartwrights unwavering virtues!
The episode also features a little bit of light padding in an amusing scene with gentle giant Hoss and a small dog.
What can I say other than yet another highly enjoyable, brilliant episode. Alas, they sure don't make television programmes like this any more!
Note: the sound quality is poor in the web-based embedded player version. Not sure if the downloadable versions are OK.
November 25, 2011 Subject:
Bitter Water (Bonanza).
Season 1, episode 29.
Original air date: 9 April 1960.
Cast: Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Adam `Hoss` Cartwright), Michael Landon (Joseph `Little Joe` Cartwright, Don Dubbins (Todd McCarren), Merry Anders (virginia Keith), Robert Simon (Len Keith), Rhys Williams (Andy McCarren), Ken Becker (Jim Tucker), Feank Watkins (Roy Wilkins), Clarke Alexander (Jamison), Forrest Taylor (Rancher), Herman Hack (Townsman: uncredited), Lynn Noe (Saloon Girl: uncredited) and Cosmo Sardo (Bartender: uncredited).
Copyright has expired and is now in the public domain.
October 11, 2009 Subject:
Bonanza was a great series, unlike the crap we see today.